Very rare country of origin Original Australian Daybill movie poster. The Lighthorsemen is a 1987 Australian feature film about the men of a World War I light horse unit involved in Sinai and Palestine Campaign's 1917 Battle of Beersheeba. The film is based on a true story and most of the characters in the film were based on real people. Despite being set in Palestine and Egypt, the film was shot entirely on location in Victoria and Hawker, South Australia. The film won an AFI award in 1988 for Best Original Music Score and another for Best Achievement in Sound. And it was also nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography. However the Australian acting world lost a great talent (one that would of gone on to be as big as Mel Gibson some say) after the final day of filming had wrapped on 1 December 1986. Actor Jon Blake was injured in a car accident near Nectar Brook, South Australia and suffered permanent paralysis and brain damage. The Lighthorsemen was his last role.